As well as being incredibly irritating and frustrating, bed bugs pose a potentially serious health risk. Therefore it is very important to know how to get rid of them as quickly as possible if you are unfortunate enough to become infested with them.
The purpose of this article is to highlight some of the most effective methods which are able to eliminate bed bugs in the shortest time possible. So, if you’ve finished itching; lets get started!
The first thing you need to do with a bed bug problem is vacuum the entire house as this will ensure you suck up most of the bugs, as well as their un-hatched offspring. If you have curtains then you should also endeavour to vacuum them too (or at least the ends of them). Whilst vacuuming can be effective, it is sometimes not enough to dislodge bed bugs from certain types of fabrics. Fortunately, a good going over with a stiff brush is an effective alternative.
If your pockets are deep enough then you may want to consider getting your carpets steamed. This can be very beneficial as bed bugs cannot survive in temperatures above 50 degrees (120 degrees Fahrenheit). If your pockets aren’t quite so deep then you can always invest in an inexpensive hand-held steam blower from your nearest hardware store or supermarket.
It is extremely important to wash all of your clothes (and bedclothes) when you have a bed bug infestation and use a dryer to kill them. Ensure you set it to the hottest possible wash for longer than 30 minutes – if you don’t then it’s possible the bed bugs will not be eliminated. It is also a good idea to repeat your entire wash load twice. While this may take a while (especially if you have lots of clothes), it will ensure that the bed bugs contained within them have absolutely no chance of surviving.
Chemical Bed Bug Treatment
The very best way to ensure the bed bugs within your home are destroyed is to invest in specialist bed bug killer products such as chemical sprays and powders. Deploying these measures in areas like cracks and crevices in headboards, bedframes, and in the stitching around the edge of mattress areas will yield the best results as these are the kinds of places where bedbugs thrive.
Most bed bug spray and powder products work by dehydrating the pesky critters. Indeed, bed bugs have a low vapour pressure therefore anything that can get rid of moisture fairly quickly will have a near-immediate effect on their wellbeing. To give you can idea, 1.5lbs of treatment powder can dry up to 100 roses. This kind of treatment will easily kill very large numbers of bed bugs so it really is a very effective option.
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